Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lesson Plan- Loaves & Fishes (1st grade on up)

Loaves & Fishes

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Loaves & Fishes
- define what a miracle is
- identify the miracle that Jesus did in the story Loaves and Fishes
- discuss ways we can share with others

Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used at Mass cards.

Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)

Lake Galilee- Israel’s largest freshwater lake. Much of the ministry of Jesus happened on the shores of Lake Galilee (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map).
Heal- to make well again
Miracle- something that happens that is hard to believe and totally amazing and is an act of God


Story: "Loaves & Fishes" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.


Introduce activities: What are some ways we can share with others?

mssscrafts.com- Jesus Feeds the Multitude (look under Jesus’ Ministry) links for Illustrating the Story, Coloring Pages/Activity Sheets, & Crafts

calvarycurriculum.com- Feeding the 5,000 lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

daniellesplace.com- Jesus Feeds the 5,000 crafts and activities.

dltk-bible.com- Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, coloring pages, crafts, puzzle, snack recipes, take home sheet, etc.

sundayschoolresources.com- Jesus Feeds Five Thousand lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Jesus Feeds 5,000 lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Gives Lunch To Thousands of People lesson

missionarlington.org- Jesus Feeds A Big Crowd (John 6:1-15) lesson

missionarlington.org- Jesus Feeds A Big Crowd (Matthew 14:13-21) lesson

sermons4kids.com- All Day Preaching Dinner on the Grounds (object lesson) with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, quizzes, etc.

childrensermons.com- Feeding the 5,000: Matthew 14:15-21 (object lesson)


Introduce craft: What did Jesus feed the 5,000 people? (Fish and bread.)

books.google.com- A Basket With Five Loaves and Two Fishes- A craft to show how Jesus turned five loaves and two fishes into enough to feed 5,000 people by unfolding the loaves and fishes to turn a little food into a lot. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 46 - 48).

truthforchildren.net- Feeding the Five Thousand Craft (page 9 & 10)

catechist.com- Loaves and Fishes Craft (scroll down for this)

*Have the children make a basket and put 5 loaves and 2 fishes inside or attach them to the basket with glue.

ehow.com- Basket Template #1

valleyviewmarket.com- Basket Template #2

activityvillage.co.uk- Basket Template #3

firstpalette.com- Basket Template #4

msscrafts.com- Basket Crafts

dltk-bible.com- Weave a Basket Craft

5 Loaves and 2 Fishes- Print 1 page for each student. Have them cut out loaves and fishes and put inside their basket.

enchantedlearning.com- Fish Paper Plate Craft
This easy-to-make fish is a cute craft that is made from a single paper plate.

mssscrafts.com- Lots of fish crafts listed.

Feeding the 5,000 - Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 45 & 46.)


Introduce game: How much food did the boy have? (5 loaves and two fishes.)

sermons4kids.com- All Day Preaching Dinner on the Grounds (games)

christiancrafters.com- Fish and Loaves Relay

Bread, Basket, Fish- A fun tag game to remind us of the gifts given by this boy that Jesus used to feed a huge crowd. (The Really Big Book of Bible Games by Gospel Light, page 211.)

Feeding Frenzy (Jesus Feeds Five Thousand)- As your students explore the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, your kids will discover how God provides for them, too. (The Encyclopedia of Bible of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 81).

Liturgical Objects Used in Mass- Play “Go Fish” using these cards.

Loaves and Fishes: Players must collect as many loaves and fishes as they can as they move around the board. The game is over when the timer goes off. Whoever has the most loaves and fishes, wins.


Introduce snack: What miracle did Jesus do in this story? (Fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fishes.)

Unleavened Bread and Tuna

Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers

Mini Loaves- Use refrigerator biscuits to bake tiny loaves of bread. Give each child a piece of biscuit dough. Let them shape and place on a cooking sheet. Bake according to directions. Share “loaves” with class.

Fish in the Ocean Snack- Make blue JELL-O and add gummy fish to it. Children love to see the fish wiggle or swim in the JELL-O.

Aquariums- Spread peanut butter on graham crackers and top with Pepperidge Farms Goldfish crackers.

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids (puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc.) from October 21 - 26.

sermons4kids.com- maze

biblewise- maze

biblewise.com- After Jesus fed the 5,000 people his disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. Can you find all 12 baskets hidden in this picture?

Jesus Is More Than Enough! (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word (Grades: 1-3) by Linda Standke, page 22.

biblewise.com- word search

misslink.org- Give Your Gift: God Will Use It (word search)

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 14:20 (word search)

sermons4kids.com- John 6:1-15 (word search)

biblewise.com- word search

joanyedwards.com- John 6:1-15 (word search)

joanyedwards.com- Matthew 14:13-21 (word search)

sermons4kids.com- John 6:11 (word shape)

sermons4kids.com- John 6:1-15 crossword

joanyedwards.com- John 6:1-15 (crossword)

joanyedwards.com- Matthew 14:13-21 (crossword)

biblewise.com- decoder

sermons4kids.com- John 6:12 decoder

biblewise.com- Subtract the numbers in the box to get the code number for each letter, then solve the puzzle.

sermons4kids- John 6:11 (cryptogram)

sermons4kids.com- John 6:11 (spiral puzzle)

misslink.org- Color, cut, and scramble puzzle (page 1)

misslink.org- Color, cut, and scramble puzzle (page 2).

misslink.org- Give Your Gift: God Will Use It (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- John 6:5-13 (fill in the blanks)

Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)

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